Yep, it's been a while. But hear me out before you judge too harshly? I've been making the rounds. Getting to know more about the amazing online sewing community and exploring just how many resources, options, and how much inspiration is available at the touch of my fingers.
I've learned a lot during my 'travels,' far too much for only one post. So today I will share just two:
#1: I like sewing with knits. Who knew? Not me, but I sure know it now! We all know that knits are comfy to wear and easy to care for. I always thought they were hard to sew and not worth the effort. Boy, was I wrong! Which leads me to:
#2: I enjoy testing pre-released patterns. It never occurred to me that sewing to help test and fine-tune patterns before they are released to the public was a thing. Seriously. I already enjoy sewing. I like a fair challenge. I can keep a secret. Seems like a perfect fit!
The top in this pic is a prime example of pattern testing for a designer. It's the brand-new release from Itch to Stitch and it's definitely a keeper! The pattern is available on the ITS website starting today.
A brief disclaimer: I received a copy of the final pattern in exchange for my testing of this top, but all of my opinions are my own!
The Arenal Top is a sweet and simple sew. It is designed for knits, has a contrast yoke, two sleeve and two bodice options. I'm wearing the 3/4 sleeve, handkerchief high-low hem. This top is very comfortable to wear. It is drafted for a 5' 5" person, I'm almost 5' 9", so I lengthened by 3 inches. I did a slight (1/2") full bust adjustment using this method to give the girls a tad more space and thus keep the front hemline from riding too high. I also elected to deepen the "V" neckline slightly with this version (I made three!) and like that this neckline depth is just right for showcasing a necklace without showing off the cleavage :)
If you're looking for something new to spice things up, or maybe want a simple sew to get your mojo going, I happily recommend the Arenal Top by Itch to Stitch!